Basic Manners for Puppies
Puppies 8 weeks - 6 months
This 6-week group class meets 1 hour at same date and time weekly and focuses on teaching new puppy parents and their pups all about how dogs learn, critical developmental periods for puppies, impulse control, bite inhibition, crate training, potty training, curbing and preventing undesirable behaviors, and standard foundation skills: sit, down, stand, come when called, focus, touch targeting, loose leash walking, leave it, drop it, take it, stay, mat targeting, polite greetings.
Please note: the primary focus of this class is skills acquisition. For puppy socialization opportunities, head over to Puppy Socialization ».
**Puppies must be friendly and comfortable with other dogs and people to register for this course.
- Body Language
- You will also receive video footage to watch at home
- Shopping List / Supplies
- Capturing Attention (Eye Contact) – To condition positive interrupter
- Sit to Say Please / Learn to Earn (Teach dog Sit is the right answer in all contexts)
- Raising Your Puppy
- Bite Inhibition
- Crate Training
- Potty Training
- Making the Most of Meal Time (using meals for training, interactive activities)
- Building a Bank of Reinforcers (reinforcers beyond food)
- Sit (lured)
- Down (lured)
- Stand (lured)
- Sit (hand signal)
- Down (hand signal)
- Stand (hand signal)
- Touch Targeting
- It's Yer Choice (for Impulse Control)
- Surprise Party Recall
- Tug for Impulse Control
- Continue working on Capturing Attention
- Continue Sit to Say Please in real life contexts
- Sit (adding verbal cue)
- Down (adding verbal cue)
- Stand (adding verbal cue)
- Random Order Series
- Introducing Push, Drop, Stick (managing your training criteria)
- Introducing No Reward Markers
- Leave It
- Loose Leash Walking – No distractions
- Premack Recall (distraction becomes the reward)
- Moving to Variable Reinforcement Schedule
- Down / Stay on Mat – with food distraction, with movement around dog
- Eliminating Treats from the body
- Maintaining an appropriate rate of reinforcement when requesting functional behaviors vs. consistency when in training mode.
- Loose Leash Walking Review (depending on need for class)
- Using It's Yer Choice in real life contexts
- Greeting Control
- Touch Target for Greetings
- Approach / Retreat Method
- Adding Distance to Stay
- Adding Duration to Stay
- Duration 1sec – 10 sec.
- Variable Schedule at 15+ sec.
- Triangle Recall (Premack)
- Focus Tricks
- Classical Conditioning – for Graduation Cap
- Proofing Stays
- The Anatomy of a Training Plan
- How to train toward specific goals
- Breaking down contingencies in the behavior for long-term success
- Why it is a sin to train without a plan
- Sit / Stay for body handling and vet visits
- Anti-Jump Exercise
- Review any outstanding exercises
- Graduation Pictures
- Course Evaluation
- What's Next
Please note: While we do our best to stick to this schedule, at times, there may be slight variations based on the needs of the class. I also want to note that in addition to each of these topics there is always bonus material in your packets which we aren't able to cover in the class but that are helpful overall to your long term success.
Accepted Record Formats:
We require you to provide a copy of your records to us. This can be a hard copy we may keep on file, or sent via email in a .pdf format.
- We accept records on veterinary letterhead.
- If records are coming from the breeder or rescue group, the stickers from the vaccination vials must be included.
- Handwritten records, or records not on vet letterhead and without stickers are not accepted and we do not make exceptions.
This is to protect our clients to the very best of our ability. While rare, these illnesses are life-threatening and our clients appreciate our diligence in minimizing these risks. Thank you for understanding!
The distemper and parvo vaccinations are part of a combo vaccination given in 3 rounds of boosters at 6-8 weeks, 10-12 weeks and 14-16 weeks to increase immunity. Puppies do not need to have completed the series at start, but must stay up to date and on schedule throughout participation. Rabies is administered between 10 weeks and 6 months depending on veterinarian preferences and existing vaccination schedule.